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Why the Oscars aren’t all about Hollywood

Why the Oscars  aren’t all about Hollywood
Non-Hollywood films nominated for the Oscars 2019.
By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 2/18/2019 11:49:51 AM IST

Alfonso Cuaron’s Netflix epic Roma could become the first ever winner of both best picture and best foreign language film at the Oscars. Its success could change how the category is perceived - and shine a light on the four other worthy nominees.
In the last decade, there have been changes almost annually to how the Oscars arrive at their shortlist for best foreign language film.
The category has existed since 1947 and the number of films involved grows almost every year. There were 87 this year, and no-one could view them all. So in recent years, volunteers would split into three groups to judge a portion each. But this year there are new bosses and they’ve changed the system yet again. To boost inclusivity, it was hoped more members would vote, although most will see fewer films each.
For now, the unique fact about the 91st Academy Awards is that the hot tip for winner as foreign language film could well clean up in other categories too - Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma has 10 nominations in all.  Strictly speaking, the Academy Award goes to the winning nation. But since 2015 the director’s name has appeared on the Oscar statuette too.
This year’s shortlist is: Capernaum- Director: Nadine Labaki, Country: Lebanon, Language: Arabic with some Amharic.
Lebanon’s track record in this category: The country’s first nomination was last year, for The Insult.
Cold War- Director: Pawel Pawlikowski, Country: Poland, Language: Polish, Poland’s track record: 10 previous nominations. The sole winner was the same director’s Ida four years ago, Never Look Away- Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Country: Germany, Language: German, Germany’s track record: 19 nominations (including one for East Germany) including three wins.       
Roma- Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Country: Mexico, Language: Spanish, Mixtec
Mexico’s track record: Eight previous nominations - no wins.
Shoplifters- Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda, Country: Japan, Language: Japanese,
Japan’s track record: 15 previous nominations, four wins.                       (BBC)

 

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